Bistro Paul Bert
The wine list is nothing special at Bistro Paul Bert, but the food was top-flight. My Steak au Poivre was one of the finest I have had in many years. It was washed down with a house red. I usually do not order the house wine, but the wine list did not do much for me, which is a shame given how delicious the food is. The smoked salmon was obviously made in house and was very good. Their paté compagne is renowned as one of the better dishes at this bistro. The place is always packed and the service is friendly. While everyone is tightly jammed into this bistro, it is still a fun, noisy, likeable place.
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